Vintage Windsor Bench Makeover
Posted By
Katie Cleveland
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • Finish Max Super
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint Additive
  • Wax for distressing (optional)

Project Steps


Learn how to transform a vintage bench into a gorgeous farmhouse style staple for your home using the Finish Max Super and a few quick coats of paint!  

Step 1

Before beginning any furniture refinishing project, check to be sure your furniture piece is in good contition.  Make any needed repairs before prepping for paint.  Clean your furniture piece with liquid TSP substitute, diluted to the proper ratio as stated on the bottle.  Sand with 220 grit sandpaper and wipe clean with a damp rag.

Step 2

Cover any hardware you don't want painted with tape, or remove altogether.                                                                                                                           

Step 3

Gather all of your necessary supplies for your project.  For this particular project, I used Glidden Premier Paint and Primer.  The Finish Max Super does not necessarily require paint to be thinned, however more expensive paints are often thicker.  Glidden is a great paint, but also thinner, which means that it did not need to be thinned for this project.  Using the red spray tip and black nozzle, this paint went on very well.

Step 4

A paint additive, such as M-1 Latex Paint Additive & Extender, increases the wet edge time for your paint.  It is also self leveling, which will give you a much cleaner finish with your paint sprayer.  The increased dry time means that even on hot days, you can get a great finish on your projects without the paint drying too quickly.  This particular additive was about $10 and is good for up to 16 gallons of paint.

Step 5

To add a more natural distressed finish, rub a small amount of wax onto areas where you do not want the paint to adhere as well.  When sanding later, the paint will come off easily.  I applied this to areas where natural wear would occur, such as the arms, hard edges such as the seat, and a few areas on the back.

Step 6

Apply thin coats of paint with the Super Finish Max Extra to avoid buildup or dripping.  The Super Finish Max Extra's ability to spray paint without dilution means that you can get greater coverage in less coats.  I sprayed two coats onto this bench and in some areas could have gotten away with one.

Step 7

Paint should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before distressing.  This allows the paint more time to cure and will be easier to sand, rather than the paint peeling off.  Lightly sand as desired with 220 grit sandpaper.  Areas where wax was applied will have more paint removed and will give a beautiful, chippy farmhouse look.

This vintage Craigslist find was a little banged up, but still had great bones!  With the Finish Max Super and a fresh paint job, it now has a beautiful, vintage farmhouse finish!

Quick and easy vintage bench makeover using a paint sprayer and distressing tools

Vintage Windsor Bench Makeover

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